Once again our Vet bills for the shelter, Friends of Ferals, are back up well over the R12,000 mark and this is apart from the Vet bills that I, myself, have to pay for the shelter cats and kittens brought down to the Lonehill and Fourways areas. The regular vets I am using are Lonehill Vet, Palm Gardens Vet, Paulshof Vet, Olivedale Vet and Blue Bush, and for out of hours, Animania. I would like to thank all these vets for being so accommodating and assisting with special rates. Apart from Animania I currently owe amounts to each of the afore-mentioned Vets. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
PANLEUKOPENIA IN GAUTENG: The shelter is presently in “Lockdown”. Yes, the cats also have to go through this but not because of COVID. There is currently an often deadly feline virus doing its rounds in the Gauteng area, highly contagious Panleukopenia, which mainly affects unvaccinated cats. So young kittens not having yet been vaccinated are very vulnerable as they have no protection and their own immune systems have not fully stepped in, however, unvaccinated adult cats are also at risk. Panleukopenia is one of the core vaccines in the 1st vacs, booster vacs and annual vacs and generally the kittens get vaccinated at 8 weeks of age and then a booster vacs 4 weeks later however we are currently vaccinating all the kittens at 6 weeks of age though any kittens with snuffles or any other health problems can obviously not be vaccinated until they are healthy. For the moment we dare not allow people to the shelter for fear of them bringing in the virus. Fortunately all those feral cats trapped myself and sterilised over the years have always been vaccinated at time of sterilisation. I strongly suggest all cat owners to get their cats vaccinated if either they have never had vaccinations or if not vaccinated in the past 3 years. This should safe guard your cats and those possibly in complexes.
KITTENS UP FOR ADOPTION: We have a trio of sibling kittens; Dharma (female), Danni (female) and Davey (male) all in foster care, all had their 1st vaccinations and will receive their boosters before being homed. These photos and the video were taken yesterday.